The 20 Greatest Chicago Cubs of All-Time

Possibly the most beloved team in all of professional sports playing in one of the most iconic stadiums in sports history seems like a setting for loads of championships and dozens of hall of famers. Yet, here we are and the Cubs have won two World Championships in past 110 years. Without the tough luck over the past 100 years, they may not be the “loveable losers”. Maybe it’s the losing that has endeared them within the sports landscape. The perennial underdog even when they have more talent than the opponent. The world loves the Cubs.

Eligibility for position players requires 1,500 plate appearances, starting pitchers require 100 games started, and relief pitchers require 300 innings pitched.

  1. Ron Santo
    • Age: 20 – 33
    • Years: 1960 – 1973
    • Position(s): 3B

    Ron Santo
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    72.03 128 2126 8979 7768 1109 2171 353 66 337 1290 35 1071 1271 .279 .365 .472 .837

  2. Ernie Banks
    • Age: 22 – 40
    • Years: 1953 – 1971
    • Position(s): 1B, SS, 3B

    Ernie Banks
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    67.44 118 2528 10395 9421 1305 2583 407 90 512 1636 50 763 1236 .274 .328 .499 .828

  3. Sammy Sosa
    • Age: 23 – 35
    • Years: 1992 – 2004
    • Position(s): RF, CF

    Sammy Sosa
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    58.54 134 1811 7898 6990 1245 1985 296 32 545 1414 181 798 1815 .284 .357 .569 .927

  4. Billy Williams
    • Age: 21 – 36
    • Years: 1959 – 1974
    • Position(s): LF, RF, 1B

    Billy Williams
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    61.65 134 2213 9504 8479 1306 2510 402 87 392 1353 86 911 934 .296 .364 .502 .866

  5. Ryne Sandberg
    • Age: 22 – 34, 36 – 37
    • Years: 1982 – 1994, 1996 – 1997
    • Position(s): 2B, 3B

    Ryne Sandberg
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    67.66 115 2151 9276 8379 1316 2385 403 76 282 1061 344 761 1259 .285 .342 .451 .794

  6. Mordecai Brown
    • Age: 27 – 35, 39
    • Years: 1904 – 1912, 1916
    • Position(s): SP

    Mordecai Brown
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    45.33 64 346 241 188 86 1.80 2329 206 48 39 679 465 445 1043 10.3% 1.00

  7. Frank Chance
    • Age: 21 – 35
    • Years: 1898 – 1912
    • Position(s): 1B, C, RF

    Frank Chance
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    42.65 140 1101 4504 3785 699 1128 181 71 18 541 375 509 28 .298 .388 .397 .785

  8. Hack Wilson
    • Age: 26 – 31
    • Years: 1926 – 1931
    • Position(s): CF, LF

    Hack Wilson
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    31.09 153 850 3719 3154 652 1017 185 44 190 769 34 463 461 .322 .402 .589 .992

  9. Ferguson Jenkins
    • Age: 23 – 30, 39 – 40
    • Years: 1966 – 1973, 1982 – 1983
    • Position(s): SP

    Fergie Jenkins
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    49.87 84 401 347 167 132 3.20 2673.2 154 29 6 1061 952 600 2038 18.7% 1.12

  10. Pete Alexander
    • Age: 31 – 39
    • Years: 1918 – 1926
    • Position(s): SP

    Pete Alexander
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    41.82 76 242 223 128 83 2.84 1884.1 159 24 10 717 595 268 614 8.0% 1.16

  11. Stan Hack
    • Age: 22 – 37
    • Years: 1932 – 1947
    • Position(s): 3B

    Stan Hack
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    52.52 124 1938 8506 7278 1239 2193 363 81 57 642 165 1092 466 .301 .388 .396 .785

  12. Bill Nicholson
    • Age: 24 – 33
    • Years: 1939 – 1948
    • Position(s): RF

    Bill Nicholson
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    38.33 135 1349 5614 4857 738 1323 245 53 205 833 26 696 684 .272 .367 .471 .838

  13. Hippo Vaughn
    • Age: 25 – 33
    • Years: 1913 – 1921
    • Position(s): SP

    Hippo Vaughn
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    40.68 79 305 270 151 105 2.33 2216.1 177 35 4 789 575 621 1138 12.1% 1.17

  14. Gabby Hartnett
    • Age: 21 – 39
    • Years: 1922 – 1940
    • Position(s): C

    Gabby Hartnett
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    52.29 127 1926 7132 6282 847 1867 391 64 231 1153 28 691 683 .297 .363 .490 .853

  15. Rick Reuschel
    • Age: 23 – 32, 34 – 35
    • Years: 1972 – 1981, 1983 – 1984
    • Position(s): SP

    Rick Reuschel
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    48.33 89 358 343 135 127 3.50 2290 65 17 3 1007 891 640 1367 14.1% 1.31

  16. Mark Grace
    • Age: 24 – 36
    • Years: 1988 – 2000
    • Position(s): 1B

    Mark Grace
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    43.92 123 1910 8234 7156 1057 2201 456 43 148 1004 67 946 561 .308 .385 .445 .831

  17. Anthony Rizzo
    • Age: 22 – 28
    • Years: 2012 – 2018
    • Position(s): 1B

    Anthony Rizzo
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    29.1 133 1012 4407 3774 565 1036 225 14 190 626 50 489 688 .275 .371 .492 .864

  18. Carlos Zambrano
    • Age: 20 – 30
    • Years: 2001 – 2011
    • Position(s): SP

    Carlos Zambrano
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    37.91 83 319 282 125 81 3.60 1826.2 9 4 0 804 731 823 1542 19.8% 1.32

  19. Billy Herman
    • Age: 21 – 31
    • Years: 1931 – 1941
    • Position(s): 2B

    Billy Herman
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    39.74 114 1344 6166 5532 875 1710 346 69 37 577 53 470 282 .309 .357 .416 .774

  20. Ed Reulbach
    • Age: 22 – 30
    • Years: 1905 – 1913
    • Position(s): SP

    Ed Reulbach
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    32.72 79 281 216 136 65 2.24 1864.2 150 31 9 606 464 650 799 .% 1.13

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